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My letter to the DFL Screening Committee

Once upon a time there was a school board member who liked to wear silly slippers when he read his favorite books. They called him...

            Harry Welty
            2101 E 4th St
            Duluth, MN  55812

8-2-99

Lynn VanDervort
DFL Nominations and Endorsements Chair
38 Penton Blvd.
Duluth, MN 55808

Dear Lynn,

Thank you very much for your invitation to screen with the DFL next week. As a candidate for the School Board Iím officially running as a non-partisan candidate. It is, of course, no secret that I have been an active Republican since arriving in Duluth a quarter century ago and not much of a secret that I have been a pain in the neck for the same party in recent years.

I have covertly and overtly supported many Democrats in the past and will no doubt continue to be a "switch hitter." Nonetheless, I feel an obligation to my party not to actively pursue a DFL endorsement. Consequently, I will not make an appearance at your screening committee but I would welcome questions afterwards from anyone at the meeting. My phone number is in the book.

All of us have a tremendous interest in making the Duluth public schools the best they can possibly be. You can rest assured that I am determined to continue working to this end.

Sincerely,

Harry Welty
Duluth School Board, 2nd Dist.
2101 E. 4th St.
Duluth, MN 55812